Student News

Student Life Info Session - MCB and Competitions

All students are invited to an information session on Thursday, Feb. 23, to learn about the Moot Court Board and the opportunity to participate in extramural advocacy and skills competitions.  Brandeis students participate in internal School of Law competitions, in state-wide competitions, in national competitions, and in international competitions. 

The Moot Court Board will provide information about how to become a member of the board or a member of one of its extramural advocacy and skills teams; how you can earn academic credit for participation; and a description of the various competitions you can tryout for.  The session will be at 12:10 p.m. in Room 175. Papa John's pizza will be served.

Training Materials: Using MS Word to Create Appellate Briefs

The IT staff have composed and posted a tip sheet on Creating Appellate Briefs Using MS Word.  On the Student Computing page, look for the Support and Training section, then Training Materials.  The tip sheet covers Word 2010 for Windows and Word 2011 for Mac.

Professor Marcosson Speaks at 13th Annual Diversity Forum at Pettit College of Law

Samuel Marcosson, profesor of law, will join Scott Gerber, ONU professor of law, as guest panelists at Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law 13th Annual Diversity Forum.

 

This year's forum, The 20-Year Legacy of Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court, is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association in conjunction with the Ohio Northern University chapter of the Federalist Society and takes place on Thursday, February 23, 2012.

 

For more information about this event, contact Ameerah McBride.

 

 

Central High School Partnership Interest Session

February 28, 2012, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law; room 275
Sponsored by: Central High School Partnership, The Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program

Learn how you can be involved in the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program through Street Law (for public service credit) or Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties (for academic credit) and other activities in teaching at Central High School Law and Government Magnet.

Current law students involved in the program and students from Central will share their experiences in these programs which began in 2007-2008.

Sponsored by: Central High School Partnership, The Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.

DRI Diversity Scholarship Opportunity

Annually, Defense Research Institute (DRI) offers two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to minority law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote the DRI Diversity Statement. Kentucky law school students are especially encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship applicants should be incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.

The awarded applicants will best meet the following criteria:

· Demonstrated academic excellence
· Service to the profession
· Service to the community
· Service to the cause of diversity

To apply, please visit the DRI Website.

For more information please download the DRI Scholarship flyer.

The deadline for all applications is April 27, 2012.

Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar June 7-8, 2012 in Chicago.

Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to Megan O’Neill, DRI Marketing Analyst.

Current Attorney Vacancies at the U.S. Department of Justice

See attachment.

Student Life Info Session: Moot Court Board and Competitions

All students are invited to an information session Thursday, Feb. 23, to learn about the Moot Court Board and the opportunity to participate in extramural advocacy and skills competitions.  Brandeis students participate in internal School of Law competitions, in state-wide competitions, in national competitions, and in international competitions.  The Moot Court Board will provide information about how to become a member of the board or a member of one of its extramural advocacy and skills teams.  The session will be at 12:10 p.m. in Room 175. 

Mardi Gras Party - Tomorrow!

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!  Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday February 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Re-Examine Your Study Habits

We are half-way through the spring 2012 semester.  At this juncture, it is important that you take a few moments to seriously evaluate your academic situation so you can prepare to end strong.  Some of you will be able to pat yourselves on the back knowing that you have done, and will continue to do, everything that is necessary to stay on top of your classes and to understand the material.  For others, this is an opportunity to identify bad habits and to correct those habits.  Ask yourself the following questions to assess your likelihood of success, and use these questions as a guide to make positive changes during the second half of the semester:

  1. Have you kept up with the assigned reading in your classes?  Do you get your reading done in advance, or do you scramble on the day of class to finish your reading?
  2. Have you consistently briefed the cases you read in preparation for class? 
  3. Do you always read and take notes on the introductory material in your casebooks, and the notes that may follow the cases?
  4. Do you take good class notes?  Do you listen carefully to the dialog that occurs between your professor and your classmates, or do you find yourself checking your email, or checking your facebook page, or zoning out?  
  5. Do you consistently review your class notes within 24 hours so that you can fill in gaps and organize the material, and note any questions that you might have?
  6. Have you visited each of your professors during office hours at least once this semester to clarify questions you have?
  7. Have you started outlines for each of your courses?  Have you reviewed your outlines regularly throughout the semester?
  8. Have you taken advantage of every opportunity to practice your exam writing and to get feedback to improve your writing?  If you are a first-year law student, have you regulary attended Structured Study Groups; have you completed the recommended Introductory Problems in your Civil Procedure casebook; have you completed the Principal Problems in your Property casebook; have you utilized the Academic Fellow office hours; have you utilized your professor's office hours; have you taken advantage of your professors' offers to review your typewritten answers to certain problems? 
  9. Have you begun the memorization process – learning the rules and elements, learning the steps of analysis, and drilling regularly throughout the semester?
  10. Have you stayed organized this semester?  Do you keep a binder for each class, subdivided with tabs for your case briefs, class notes, handouts, and your class outline? 

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are on your way to having a successful semester.  If you answered “no” to many of these questions, you need to refocus and make positive changes during the second half of the semester to increase your likelihood of success.

1L Brief Binding Fundraiser for Central Partnership Program

The sign-up sheet for the brief binding fundraiser is now available at the Law Resource Center. 1L students may sign up and get the coverstock for the brief covers for the next two weeks. Briefs will be bound on the following dates and times:

March 2 from 8a-6p

March 3 from 9a-6p

March 4 3p-7p

Total cost is $10.60 to be paid at the time the briefs are bound. All proceeds fund the Central Partnership Program.

Contact Courtney Pawley at crpawl01@louisville.edu with any questions.